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June 2016 Archives

Employers can create targeted worker safety training

Workers in Pennsylvania may have heard about the changes that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has made to injury data collection. Now, recordable workplace injuries are going to be made public on the agency's website. Publicizing companies' work injury data could put pressure on employers to keep their work sites safer and allow analysts to find patterns in work injury statistics.

Spinal cord injury causes

Pennsylvania residents who incur traumatic injuries to their spinal cords may be left permanently disabled. These injuries are caused when people receive sharp blows to their spines that dislocate, crush, fracture or compress some of the vertebrae. Traumatic spinal cord injuries may also happen when the back is pierced by a sharp instrument, severing the spinal cord.

Common hazards faced by health care workers

Pennsylvania residents who work in the health care sector are at risk for many different kinds of workplace injuries and illnesses. According to OSHA, Emergency nurses and hospital workers are particularly vulnerable to workplace injuries. Some of the most common kinds of work injuries that affect such employees include falls, overexertion, infection and physical violence.

Summer brings heat, lightning risks for workers

Summer is here, which means workers in Pennsylvania and nationwide are at increased risk for heat and lightning injuries. To bring awareness to the issue, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched initiatives to encourage employers to keep their workers safe while working outdoors.

CTE advances may help Pennsylvania residents

Until now, it has only been possible to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the brains of dead individuals. The condition affects the brain and is believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. However, starting in the summer of 2016, scientists will try to diagnose the condition in a living patient. It is part of a seven-year study that has a clear goal but no clear pathway as to how that goal will be achieved.

Former astronaut criminally charged for fatal car accident

A former astronaut was charged with murder after a two-car accident killed two children on June 6. The 59-year-old astronaut James Halsell Jr. was driving along a rural road in Alabama at around 2:50 a.m. when he rear-ended a Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta was pushed across its lane before it flipped, ejecting two sisters.

Injured car accident victim files personal injury lawsuit

On May 4, a car accident victim filed a personal injury lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The claim involves a two-car accident that occurred on Oct. 4, 2015, and a man from New Jersey is the defendant. The plaintiff has requested a jury trial, and he is seeking a monetary award of more than $150,000 for his damages.

Dangers for teen drivers in the summer months

The American Automobile Association is cautioning teen drivers in Pennsylvania and throughout the country that the period between Memorial Day and the start of the next school year is traditionally considered the most dangerous for motor vehicle accidents. The increase is believed to be in part because more teens are on the road during this time. In the last five years, teen drivers were involved in accidents that caused an average of 1,022 deaths each year.

Study links spinal cord injuries to sleep apnea

Pennsylvania residents who have sustained spinal cord injuries may be more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, according to a study that was published in a medical journal. The study also found that almost all spinal cord injury patients have poor sleep quality. People with obstructive sleep apnea experiences numerous interruptions in their breathing while they are asleep.